All India Radio, popularly referred as AIR, is the National Public Radio broadcaster of India. It was officially known since 1956 as Akash Vani (voice from the sky). The All India Radio (AIR) was established in 1930. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharti’s Doordarshan, an Indian Television broadcaster. Headquartered in the Akashvani Bhavan building in New Delhi, it houses the drama section, the FM Section, the National Service and is also home to the Indian Television station Doordarshan Kendra. […]


The Koh-I-Noor or Kohinoor as it is popularly called, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. Weighing in at an astonishing 195.6 carats, the Kohinoor diamond is variously described as colourless or finest white. Believed to have been mined in India’s Kollur Mone or in one of the mines of Golkonda, sometime during the 1300’s, this amazing diamond was an incredible 793 carats before its first cutting. While in the hands of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the diamond weighed in at 186 carats. England’s Consort Prince Albert had it cut down to its present size in order to increase its brilliance. Kohinoor is Persian for ‘mountain light’. […]


Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmantage, better known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. Also, popularly called as ‘Magnificent Mary’, she is the only woman to become World Amateur Champion for a record six times, and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. […]


On 8 November, 2016, the Indian government made the announcement that INR 500- and INR 1000 banknotes would be invalid and that new INR 500 and INR 2000 banknotes would be issued. The move was initiated in order to crack down on counterfeit cash that was being used to fund illegal activities. It was also seen as a way to encourage digital transactions in more areas than before. This policy was known as ‘demonetisation’. […]


The Karni Mata Temple, located in Deshnoke (near Bikaner, Rajasthan), is dedicated to a goddess of the same name. However, its popularity is derived from the several thousand rats that live – and are worshipped – in the temple premises. […]


‘Mummy, I don’t want salad. I wish you had ordered pizzas for dinner,’ complained Shruthi. Her brother, Samay, was staring at his salad with a disdainful look, then his expression changed as he noticed some baby potatoes in them. He nudged Shruthi and they both picked up a forkful of the salad and warily put it in their mouths. […]


Dhokla, a food item from the state of Gujarat, is made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. Pieces of green chilli, ginger and chopped coriander, and baking soda are added to the mixture and it is poured into a flat dish and steamed. Once the dish is ready, it is cut into pieces, tempered with mustard seeds cooked in hot oil and served. Some people also sprinkle sugar water over the dhokla to soften it. […]


Pachisi (also known as Ludo), is a game that originated in medieval India. Played on a board shaped like a symmetrical cross, the rules involve moving the players’ pieces move around the board, based upon a throw of six or seven cowrie shells. The number of shells resting with their aperture turned upwards indicate the number of spaces to move. […]


Jallikattu is a bull-taming festival celebrated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, on the third day of Pongal or harvest festival, which is marked as a day to worship bulls and cows for their contribution to agriculture. At the event, a bull is let loose in a fenced enclosure. Participants (usually young men) wait inside the enclosure, and when the bull is let loose, try to control it holding onto its hump or horns for as long as they can. The name of the sport is derived from the Tamil words ‘salli’ (meaning coins) and ‘kattu’ (meaning package) – a reference to a bag of coins that was tied to the bull’s horns, which the winner would take after taming the bull. […]


Have you seen people collecting garbage from rubbish dumps? Often, children do so, as well as adults. Suman More, who lives in Pune, started doing it when she was just 13. She continued this work even after she got married and had children of her own. She would work the whole day, looking for anything she could sell. She would bring some of the garbage home, and her husband and children would help separate it into various types of waste. At the end of the day, her earning would usually be just Rs.15! […]


Bodh Gaya in Bihar is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists. It is believed that, around 528 BC, a young prince, Siddhartha, who had given up his right to the throne and was travelling around the country in search for wisdom, was attracted by the peaceful surroundings there. He settled down under a Peepul tree, vowing not to move till he had received enlightenment. Three nights and days later, on a full-moon night in the month of Vaisakh (April-May in the modern calendar), he achieved what he was looking for – Bodhi. He spent the next seven weeks at the place, thinking about the enlightenment he had received. He came to be known as The Buddha, the Enlightened One. […]

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